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Abbot Public Library releases list of fall events

Posted by Liam O'Kennedy  September 24, 2012 10:00 AM

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The following was submitted by Abbot Public Library:

Monday, October 1st - Wednesday, October 31st 
Upcoming at the Abbot Public Library
235 Pleasant Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
781-631-1481 •


“Scenic Expressions in Oil Paint,” by Franny McKeever
Monday, October 1st through Thursday, October 25th
Public Reception: Sunday, October 7th, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Franny McKeever's show of oil paintings is a collection of work done over the past three years. The show focuses on Marblehead landscapes and other nearby places. She is fascinated by the history of the town, and the quiet glow of a sunset or the moodiness of a cloudy day suggest to her a connection with the past. She is drawn to landscape for the beauty of light as it can change the feeling or mood of her surroundings.  There are some still life paintings of flowers in the show through which there is a sense of freedom to explore the drama of color and the quality of the paint. Painting has become a wonderful means of expression for her and she will continue to learn and grow as a painter. 
Franny McKeever began oil painting in college at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and graduated with a BFA degree in painting in 1985.  Over the years she pursued other creative paths such as a Calligraphy business.  She also worked as a floral designer and in the past few years has been selling her own line of hand stitched beaded jewelry. She returned to painting when her fourth child turned three under the instruction and inspiration of the Highbergers of the Acorn Gallery in Marblehead. She is a member of the Marblehead Art Association and has work on display at the Arnould Gallery in Marblehead

“Touch the Earth: Adventures in Nature” Illustrated talk by Jay J. Johnson
Tuesday, October 2nd, 7:00 pm
(Refreshments served 6:30 - 7:00 pm)

On Tuesday, October 2nd, artist, naturalist and native Marbleheader Jay J. Johnson will present an illustrated talk entitled, “Touch the Earth: Adventures in Nature,” at the Abbot Library.  Light refreshments will be served from 6:30 -7:00 pm, with the talk beginning at 7:00 pm.  This special event, free and open to the public, is jointly sponsored by the Library and the Marblehead Conservancy.  

Jay Johnson. who mapped all of Marblehead’s public nature areas for the classic guidebook, “Discovering Marblehead,” will describe the amazing adventures of his sixteen-month wilderness journey around America, which followed the Appalachians south by foot to the Gulf of Mexico, then by boat along the coast to Texas, then by bicycle across arid Southwestern lands, and, finally, by foot again up the crest of mountains north through California, Oregon, and Washington.  The illustrated talk will include photographs and artwork, reflecting Johnson’s deep and lifelong connection with the natural world.  

Specializing in the representation of wildlife in his artwork, Johnson is especially drawn to the challenges of capturing the nuances of light and motion in his subjects.  His colorful paintings of birds and mammals have been exhibited in more than thirty museums across America and abroad.  They also are included in numerous private collections throughout the States.

Bringing the focus closer to home, Johnson will share a selection of his aerial photos of Marblehead and his maps of Marblehead’s public nature areas.  Much work has been done in recent years by volunteers to make these remaining areas more accessible to visitors.  His talk will recognize their contributions and the work of volunteers in communities across the country, to make the natural environment a more enjoyable and active part of our lives. 

Jay Johnson’s knowledge of wildlife comes from traversing thousands of miles of American wilderness.  When he was just seventeen years of age, he climbed all forty-eight of the highest peaks in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, becoming the youngest person to do so in one continuous trek.  Since then he has walked and paddled through virtually every environment in America, from mountain tops to river valleys to arid deserts.  At Cornell University, Johnson studied both Art and Natural History, gaining an in-depth scientific knowledge of his wild subjects while at the same time learning the fundamentals of traditional and modern art.  About his artwork, he writes, “To paint, you must first be an observer.  Over the past twenty-five years, as I’ve traveled all over America, I’ve been privileged to witness an abundance of diversity of living things. There is no substitute for being there in the natural environment.”

The Abbot Library and the Marblehead Conservancy are especially pleased to present this program in honor of Jay Johnson, who designed the magnificent bookplate being used for the newly created Marblehead Conservancy Collection, at the Library.

"Tales of a Ten-Year-Long Sailing Circumnavigation,” by Doann Houghton-Alico
Wednesday, October 10th, 7:00 pm

Sailing around the world in your own boat: how many people dream of it, even consider it, but then, how many actually do it? 

Doann Houghton-Alico and her husband made such a voyage, spending ten years at sea, stopping at different places on the way. "We dealt with storms, pirates, sharks, sails ripped to shreds, malaria, and broken bones. As well, we met friendly and helpful people the world over, enjoyed exotic foods, saw wildlife from salt water crocs to Humpback whales in their own environment, experienced truly idyllic anchorages alone, and joined with others both in remote, sparsely inhabited places and world-famous cities." On Wednesday, October 10th, at 7:00 pm, Doann Houghton-Alico will present an illustrated talk, describing her amazing and eventful voyage. 

It is an understatement for the publisher of Doann Houghton-Alico's book, Dancing Fish, to say she has had an "interesting life." This prize-winning poet and author has done it all, from freelance writing for various publications such as the Denver Post and the Mountain Gazette, to circumnavigating the world with her husband in their sailboat from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, via the Caribbean, South Pacific, Java Sea, Indian Ocean, Red Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, and returning to Florida, all the while doing volunteer projects, including editing, developing courses, and teaching English language lessons at various places she visited  on the way. Dancing Fish, Houghton-Alico's chapbook, is a collection of poems and narrative prose excerpts from her forthcoming book, Voice of a Voyage: Dancing Fish, Tea in a Bombed-out Alley, and Other Memories of a Circumnavigation. 

“On Arctic Ground: Tracking Time Through Alaska's National Petroleum Reserve” with author Debbie Miller
Sunday, October 14th, 2:00 pm 

On Arctic Ground: Tracking Time Through Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve, is the first book of photography and essays written about the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. The vignettes explore the wildlife, landscape, history, and people who live within its 23 million acres, an area that makes it the largest single unit of public land in the United States. Originally set aside by President Harding in 1923 for defense, it is the home of Inupiaq Eskimo communities and an array of wildlife, including caribou and migratory birds from around the world. It is also the site of the largest polar dinosaur fossil bed on Earth. Despite all of these wonders, the Reserve is not permanently protected from oil and gas development. 

On Arctic Ground presents the personal stories of author Debbie S. Miller during her many years of exploring the Reserve. The book also features essays from wildlife biologist Jeff Fair, an essay and audio download by noted Alaskan writer and soundscape artist Richard Nelson, as well as research conducted and discoveries made by paleontologists Jack Horner and Patrick Druckenmiller, concerning the Reserve's dinosaur studies. Stunning photographs were taken by a group of nature photographers including Steve Kazlowski, Patrick Endres, Hugh Rose, Joel Sartore, Florian Schultz, and many more. 

Debbie S. Miller has paddled and hiked more than 600 miles along four of the Reserve’s rivers. She moved to Arctic Alaska in 1975 to teach in a Gwich’in Athabascan Indian village on the south boundary of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. For the past 37 years, she has traveled extensively through Alaska’s wild lands, exploring the unique landscape and serving as a guide to visitors, including President Jimmy Carter. 
Miller is the author of Midnight Wilderness: Journeys in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, as well as two nature books for adults, and many children’s books about Alaska’s environment. She received the 1999 Refuge Hero Award from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for her writing, education, and conservation work.

Library Book Discussion Group
Tuesday, October 16th, 10:00 am

The Library Book Discussion Group will be meeting Tuesday, October 16th at 10:00 am to discuss Toni Morrison's fascinating new novel, Home.  Frank Money returns home from the Korean War scarred and angry, but trying to find the courage within himself to move forward.  New members are always welcome!

“Jake Hanna: The Rhythm and Wit of a Swinging Jazz Drummer” with author Maria Judge
Wednesday, October 17th, 7:00 pm

Jake Hanna: The Rhythm and Wit of a Swinging Jazz Drummer is a collection of narratives of fans, friends, and fellow musicians of jazz drummer Jake Hanna. Born in Boston, Hanna spent ten years with the Merv Griffin Show orchestra, played with Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby, Oscar Peterson, Howard Alden, Tony Bennett and Roberta Gambarini, and recorded more than 250 albums. His 60-year career as a "top jazz drummer and witty raconteur" is told through the stories and anecdotes of the book's contributors. 

Author Maria Judge, the niece of Jake Hanna, explains, "Jake... was a great jazz drummer who worked with many of the top performers from the 1950’s on... The book recounts his career through stories and tributes I collected from 189 of his friends, fans and fellow musicians. Jake was also a very funny guy, renowned in the business for his impeccable comedic timing, so the book is full of hilarious stories about the things he said and did." 
Judge's earlier work has been published in A Cup of Comfort for Breast Cancer Survivors, Dan Wakefield's The Story of Your Life, Peace Corps Online, The Boston Irish Reporter, MIT Tech Talk, and The Merton Seasonal. A graduate of Holy Cross College and Northeastern University, she served as Associate Dean at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She lives in the Boston area.

Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes
Sunday, October 21st, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

On Sunday, October 21st, the Poetry Salon will meet from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, to discuss the poetry of Penelope Scambly Schott, the author of eight books of poetry and five chapbooks. She writes about marriage and motherhood, time and aging, sex and sexuality, nature and her affinity with plants and animals. Out of this matrix of subjects she develops her themes. Penelope Schott embraces the role of the poet as an essential link between the human and the natural world.  A selection of her poems will be provided at the Salon. Two of her most recent titles are Crow Mercies and Six Lips. 

Apple Talk and Tasting with Amy Traverso, author of "The Apple Lover's Cookbook"
Tuesday, October 23rd, 7:00 pm

“Amy’s love of apples shines through and makes you want to head to the kitchen to cook or bake something immediately. This book will be an oft-used resource both at home and at my bakery.”
—Joanne Chang, Flour Bakery+Café

Winner of an IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) "Best Cookbook" award in 2012!

No one understands the versatility and appeal of apples better than Amy Traverso. This virtuoso has assembled a gorgeous apple guide beyond compare: The Apple Lover’s Cookbook. The heart of this cookbook is 150 delicious and easy-to-follow recipes, accompanied by 100 full-color photographs.  A peek into this title will reveal the apple’s history, detailed notes on how to core and peel an apple, telltale signs that an apple is fresh, and the best time and places to buy apples. In short, this book is a veritable apple encyclopedia!

The Apple Lover’s Cookbook covers 60 different varieties of apple, each accompanied by a full-color photo and notes on each apple’s appearance, taste, texture, best uses, origin, and availability. Traverso organizes each apple into one of four categories: firm-tart, firm-sweet, tender-tart, and tender-sweet. Each category is best suited to a particular type of dish—a firm-tart apple, for example, is the best choice in richer baked desserts such as Blue Ribbon Deep-Dish Apple Pie. Traverso even includes an indispensable, one-page “cheat sheet,” an at-a-glance list of the apple varieties sorted by category, making it a breeze to pick the right apple for any recipe.

The Apple Lover's Cookbook celebrates the beauty of apples in all their delicious variety, taking you from the orchard to the kitchen with recipes both sweet (like Apple-Stuffed Biscuit Buns) and savory (like Cider-Brined Turkey and Apple Squash Gratin). The one hundred recipes run the spectrum from cozy crisps and cobblers to adventurous fare like Cider-Braised Brisket or Apple-Gingersnap Ice Cream

Amy Traverso’s passion for apples truly shines in the beautifully crafted essays that open each chapter. She’s crossed the country to learn as much as possible about this storied fruit, speaking to apple growers, cider makers, and every manner of apple enthusiast in between. This exquisite book is an unparalleled guide to fresh, seasonal cooking. It is more than just a cookbook: it is an education and culinary revelation. In Amy Traverso’s skilled hands, America’s favorite fruit becomes a versatile kitchen staple. Home chefs, veteran cooks, and apple fanatics alike will find something to savor in The Apple Lover’s Cookbook.  
Amy Traverso is the food and lifestyle editor of Yankee Magazine and a former food editor at Boston and Sunset magazines. She has been a speaker at the Greenbrier Symposium for Professional Food Writers and co-starred in the television series “On the Menu,” for WGBY, a PBS affiliate. Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe,, Travel + Leisure, and Condé Nast Traveler, among others. She lives in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Friends of Abbot Library Fall Book Sale
Saturday, October 27th - Tuesday, October 30th 
Saturday, October 27th: 10:30 am - 3:30 pm - Members only
(Memberships and renewals may be purchased at the door.)
Sunday, October 28th: 1:00 - 4:00 pm - Open to the Public
Monday, October 29th: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm – 20% discount for Seniors, 6:00 to 9:00 pm - “A bag of books for a buck”
Tuesday, October 30th: Clearance Day - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm – “A bag of books for a buck”

Fireside talk by Maggi Smith-Dalton, author of “A History of Spiritualism and the Occult in Salem: The Rise of Witch City”
In collaboration with the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore
October 28th, 2:00 pm

The story told by Maggi Smith-Dalton in A History of Spiritualism and the Occult in Salem: The Rise of Witch City, just published by The History Press, is not what you might expect in a book about 19th-century Salem, Massachusetts.

Spiritualism was an important element in 19th-century culture, in America and indeed worldwide. Salem provided fertile ground for the growth of this and other religions, yet, because of its link to witchcraft in the infamous trials of 1692 -- a serious and persistent black mark on the town's reputation -- struggled with anything which might give more fuel to the fire of being linked to occult practices. 

Smith-Dalton's book examines this struggle and the elements that went into the gradual evolution of Salem towards what we would recognize as the Salem of today. The popularity of Spiritualism and renewed interest in the occult blossomed out of an attempt to find an intellectual and emotional balance between science and religion.

It also tells a larger story about the way alternative religions such as Spiritualism grew in 19th century America, using Salem, a town that prided itself on its arts, culture, professional class, and love of science, as the connecting thread. In her second book for The History Press, historian Maggi Smith-Dalton delves into Salem’s exotic history, unraveling the beginnings of Spiritualism and the rise of The Witch City.

Maggi Smith-Dalton began her singing career in cabarets and nightclubs and has maintained a parallel career as a historian most of her life. With her husband, Jim, she tours nationwide as a concert artist. They are specialists in "19th- & Early 20th-Century Music, History, and Culture from Parlor and Stage" on period and period-appropriate instruments, performed in historically-informed style.


Crepe Making
Thursday, October 11th, 3:00 - 5:00 pm 

Teens are invited to the library on Thursday, October 11th from 3-5 PM to make (and eat!) crepes with his or her favorite filling.  Come and see what creations you can come up with!

Pizza and a Movie
Friday, October 19th, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

On Friday, October 19th, from 3:00 - 5:00 pm the library will be showing a spooky movie to get you ready for Halloween.  Bring your friends and eat some pizza!

Mask Making
Wednesday, October 24th, 3:00 - 5:00 pm

Come make a mask for Halloween on October 24th from 3:00 - 5:00 pm in the YA room.  We supply the masks, markers, duct tape, and other materials.  You just need to bring your creativity!


Great Pumpkin Contest

How much does it weigh? Come look at the pumpkin in the Children’s Room and make a guess at how much it weighs. The winners will be chosen in two age categories who guess closest to the actual weight. Prizes will be book certificates - one for each age group.

Reader’s Theater Club
Mondays, October 1st, 15th and 22th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Meetings this month will be held each Monday during the school year at 3:30 - 4:30 pm for children in grades 3-4.  This month’s meetings will be on 10/1, 10/15, and 10/22. 

Reader’s Theater will feature practice reading lines from an adapted fairytale/folktale, refreshments, and a craft project related to that month’s script. For the last meeting of the month, caregivers and siblings may listen to the group reading and see the completed craft on display.  Registration is required.

Monday Night Children’s Chess Club
Mondays, October 1st, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Learn chess from a master! From learning the movement of each piece to tactics and strategy, this program will give beginners and experienced players a new appreciation and love of the game. Senior chess master Mikhail Perelsteyn will be teaching on Monday nights from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. This month’s meetings will be held Mondays, on 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, and 10/29.  For children ages 7 and older. Registration is required but ongoing. 

Preschool Story Time
Every Wednesday, 10:15 - 11:15 am & 2:15 - 3:15 pm
Our drop-in program for children ages 3 - 5 yrs. will be presented twice each Wednesday:  10:15 - 11:15 am and 2:15 - 3:15 pm. The program is designed for children who love to listen to stories and then do a craft. 

The schedule is as follows:
October 3rd - Ye Olde Story Tyme
October 10th - Bears
October 17th - Full Harvest *morning session only
October 24th - Mummies, Monsters & Ghosts (Oh My!)

Come to any session and listen to Miss Alyisha read her favorite stories and then do a special craft! 

Story Yoga
Tuesdays, October 9th and 16th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Story Yoga class offers a combination of story, yoga and creative drama to practice and develop skills in listening, imagination and healthy body awareness. Developed for children in grades 1-2, classes will run for 6 sessions. Story yoga will be held Tuesdays on 10/9 and 10/16 at 3:30-4:30pm. Story Yoga is limited to 10 students and registration is required.
Book Reviewer’s Club
Thursday, October 11th, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Reviewer’s Club is designed for students in grades 5-6 who are avid readers. Club members read and “score” the books they are reading and recommending for each other. The Reviewer’s Club will meet the second Thursday of the month at 3:30pm-4:30pm. This month’s meeting will be Thursday, 10/11. Please bring a book you are already reading for the first meeting. Snacks are provided and registration is ongoing. 

Itsy Bitsy Infants and Terrific Toddlers Playgroup
Friday, October 12th, 10:00 am 

Starting this month will be a story program for children from infancy to 18 months. This playgroup program will meet on the second Friday of each month. The first meeting will be October 12 at 10:00am sharp.  Designed to provide socialization and songs, the half-hour playgroup is limited in size, so registration is required.
Sponsored by the Coordinated Family and Community Engagement Grant in collaboration with Francie Sudak, program teacher with the Lynn Public Schools and Abbot Public Library
Music with Dara
Friday, October 19th, 10:30 am - noon
10:30 - 11:00 am (ages 1 – 2½); 11:20 am - noon (ages 2½ - 5)
Dara Van ReMoortel performs her monthly magic with music on Friday, October 19th for children ages 1-1/2 - 2½ at 10:30 am - 11:00 am and at 11:20 am - noon for 2½ - 5 year olds.

Designed with children’s developmental stages in mind, the program is an interactive blend of songs and movement. Come sing and dance with Dara! 

Halloween Party and Costume Walk
Wednesday, October 31st, 10:15 am

We invite children to attend our Halloween party and parade at 10:15 am on October 31st. There will be a special Halloween craft, refreshments, and a walk around the library building to show costumes. The younger winners of the Guess How Much the Pumpkin Weighs will also be announced. Come enjoy our indoor Halloween party!

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